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Whether it’s the increased chance of a call-up or just some surprisingly good early-season wickets, many of England's regulars and hopefuls have made flying starts to the season. Here's a quick rundown as to how they got on this week.
Alastair Cook: England’s skipper continues to fill his boots in county cricket by doubling his season's century tally against a strong Surrey attack. A prolific summer of run scoring could be in the pipeline.
Ian Bell: Almost captained Warwickshire to a narrow victory over Lancashire (see Slide 4) and contributed a watchful first-innings 75 to go alongside last week's century. Looks in good nick.
Nick Compton: Helped guide Somerset to safety against Durham with a typically patient fourth-innings ton. Could the 30-year-old come back into the England team in the troublesome No. 3 spot?
Jonathan Trott: A sad week for the former England stalwart as a relapse of his anxiety issues saw him once again take a, hopefully temporary, hiatus from duty.
Jimmy Anderson: Rare off game for the king of swing, who took just one wicket for 107 runs across two innings for Lancashire against Warwickshire.
Michael Carberry: Many believe that the Hampshire opener deserves more time at international level and to perhaps face a slightly less rampant attack. Scores of 27, 100*, 45 and 47 indicate he may get this chance.
Gary Balance: See slide 2.
Ravi Bopara: He may have had more comebacks than EastEnders' Nick Cotton, but Bopara was one of the few bright sparks to emerge from England’s troubled winter. While he has not yet registered the big hundred that would get the selectors to sit up and take note this summer, three scores of 40-plus hint at things to come.